Tuesday, March 15, 2011

About Leprechauns...

It's almost that day when the little green men invade homes everywhere (and I'm not talking about UFOs or that creepy Green Giant character). Did you know that in Ireland, leprechauns are actually seen year round in the foggy mornings? It's true...or so they say. ;)
This year, we have started a new tradition with the kiddos. 
It begins with this tale of the Leprechaun...

 LEGEND OF THE LEPRECHAUNS
Full of magic and trickery, the leprechauns remain in their hidden world until the night before St. Patrick's Day. On that one night of the year they appear throughout the world to dance and sing and frolic.
Disguising themselves as leaves and grass, and sounding like the wind and the crickets, they come and go unnoticed.

However, it is said that if a decorated treasure box is left empty under the moon, the leprechauns must fill the box with gold or jewels or gifts. But then they will hide the filled box in the most unlikely of places.

If the box is found on St. Patrick's Day, the treasure remains in our world. If not, the leprechauns may retrieve what is rightfully theirs. And though the leprechauns are very clever, it is not impossible to find the treasure because, unknowingly, leprechauns often leave a trail of greenery behind them.

As soon as I told this tale to Emma, it immediately spawned a frantic search for a perfect box. I had to remind her that leprechauns are very small, and if they cannot get into the box, they don't have to put anything inside.
I found a small box pattern HERE and printed it off on green cardstock. After cutting it out, we decorated the boxes with glittery, gluey mess.
After it had dried, we hot glued the boxes into their proper state, and voila! Leprechaun boxes!
Now, since they need to be under the moon, they need to be left in a windowsill, or on our kitchen table by the window. I wonder where the little tricky guys will hide their treasures??
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